Eight folk contain been killed in a horrific avenue accident on the R34 near Lakeside in Vryheid.
KZN Department of Transport spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane said a Ford Ranger carrying six occupants collided head-on with a Mazda 3 which used to be carrying seven occupants, killing seven folk at around 11am. Seven of victims died at the scene of the accident.
He said paramedics handled six seriously injured survivors at the scene of the avenue accident earlier than transporting them to clinical institution for added clinical consideration. One in every of the injured later died in clinical institution.
“According to preliminary investigations, it is alleged that the motive force of the Mazda 3 failed to finish at a finish boulevard. Even though the convey purpose behind the accident is tranquil being investigated, legislation enforcement authorities said reckless and negligent driving might perchance well possibly no longer be dominated out,” Ncalane said.
KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Transport, Neighborhood Security and Liaison Neliswa Nkonyeni condemned what she described as the reckless and negligent behaviour of some motorists following the crash on Tuesday.
Nkonyeni urged motorists to train maximum persistence on the avenue.
”It is coronary heart-breaking that this grotesque accident comes after the Easter long weekend where the province recorded 54 fatalities. It used to be disturbing to learn that one in every of the automobiles involved in the accident in Vryheid used to be overloaded and it is alleged that the motive force failed to finish at a finish boulevard, which stands out as the purpose behind this tainted accident that resulted in the loss of life of eight folk,” she said.
She that by allegedly flouting the everyday guidelines of the avenue, the motive force had displayed “sinful recklessness and total dismiss for the guideline of legislation as properly as reasonably a few avenue customers”.
“Human error and negligence are to blame for the increasing loss of life toll on our provincial roads, which is an expansive keep to the economy. Due to this truth, harsher action ought to tranquil be taken against motorists that violate web site visitors guidelines,” Nkonyeni said.
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